Sarah Palin Takes on the Commercialization of Christmas in New Book
Sarah Palin is taking on Christmas.
HarperCollins announced today that it had acquired the former Republican vice-presidential nominee's new book, A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas.
Palin will explore the "over-commercialism" and "homogenization" of Christmas and argue for a reaffirmation of its religious importance.
The book is scheduled for publication in November.
In a statement, Palin said, "Amidst the fragility of this politically correct era, it is imperative that we stand up for our beliefs before the element of faith in a glorious and traditional holiday like Christmas is marginalized and ignored." She added, though, that the book will be "fun, festive [and] thought-provoking" and "will encourage all to see what is possible when we unite in defense of our faith and ignore the politically correct Scrooges who would rather take Christ out of Christmas."
HarperCollins also noted that the book will feature "personal memories and traditions from [Palin's] own Christmases" as well.
Palin is the author of two previous bestsellers, Going Rogue and America By Heart, which were both published by HarperCollins.
Going Rogue was the bestselling hardcover non-fiction book of 2009, moving over 2.6 million copies. America By Heart sold about 798,000 copies in 2010 (it was released in November).
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Palin is represented by Robert Barnett, a Washington lawyer who handles book deals for numerous political figures, including both Clintons, President Obama, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove.
In January, Palin revealed that she was parting ways with Fox News, choosing not to renew her reported $1 million-a-year contract, though it is unclear whether a new contract would have paid her as much money.
The former governor is said to be weighing multiple offers in the wake of her departure from the cable channel but has not announced anything concrete.
On Saturday, March 16, Palin is scheduled to speak at CPAC, the yearly conservative political conference hosted by the American Conservative Union.